How to Make a Pretty Pincushion with a Button Center

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With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.
To begin, cut four 3-1/2-inch squares from two different fabrics. Align the squares (make four total sets of two squares).
With the right sides of each square facing, line up the edges and sew one edge of each square pair together. Open out each pair and press the seam to one side.
With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

Photo: Linda Permann
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In planning out my projects for the month, I first thought of ways to use lots of buttons. But I also remembered that I have several prized buttons that are no longer in sets—singles and sometimes doubles here and there. And while I love looking at them in my button jars, I wanted to come up with a project that would allow me to feature a few of them in an item I use often. And so was born this multicrafty pincushion with button center. To make this project, you'll patch, sew, and crochet your way to a perfect pedestal for a favorite button or two. Bonus: Your favorite few buttons will never roll off the back of your sewing table into the abyss anymore. And if you're scared to commit some of your button faves to this project, remember that you can always cut them loose and add new buttons if you finally find the perfect project for your lone fasteners.

Materials

  • Two fabric remnants, at least 8 inches x 8 inches
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional) or sewing needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Small amount polyfill stuffing
  • Embroidery needle
  • Small amount sock yarn (or crochet thread or embroidery floss)
  • Size 2.75mm steel crochet hook
  • Two or three large buttons

Step 1: Piece, stuff, and sew the pincushion.


To begin, cut four 3-1/2-inch squares from two different fabrics. Align the squares as shown (make four total sets of two squares).

 


With the right sides of each square facing, line up the edges and sew one edge of each square pair together. Open out each pair and press the seam to one side.

 


You now have four two-square pairs. With the right sides facing, line up the long edge of two of the square pairs and sew down the long edge. Press. Repeat for the remaining two squares. You'll end up with two four-square pieces, which will be the front and back of your cushion.

 


Line up the squares, right sides facing, and pin them in place. Beginning 1 inch in from one side, sew around the square, ending 1 to 2 inches in from the last corner (so that you have about a 4-inch opening left for turning). Pink the edges of the square and turn it inside out.

Press the square, turning the open edges under to match the finished edge of the square. This will make it easier to sew shut later.


Stuff the square with polyfill. Roll small balls and push them into each corner, and stuff more polyfill than you think will fit (this cushion looks best extra-plump!).

 


Pin the open edges in place and whipstitch the pillow shut using a coordinating thread.

Step 2: Add a crocheted border.

The next few steps are optional for those of you who want to add a crocheted border to your pincushion. Feel free to skip ahead to the button sewing if you'd like. For this section, I used a small amount of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in color #146 flames. Any sock yarn will do—and it's good for this project because it has a bit of elasticity in it (that makes it easier to pick up the whipstitches). If you don't have any sock yarn, try using embroidery floss or crochet thread instead.


With an embroidery needle and a little sock yarn, whipstitch around the entire edge of the cushion. Leave the stitches slightly loose as you'll be working crochet stitches into them. Tie the ends of the yarn in a knot, and leave the ends long.

You can either crochet over the long ends as you go, or weave them in when you're through adding the edging.


With the sock yarn and a size 2.75mm hook, work a round of single crochet stitches into the whipstitches. Make 1 single crochet in each stitch, placing 2 or 3 single crochet stitches in the whipstitches at the corner if necessary to turn the corner.

Join the round with a slipstitch. For the second round, *slipstitch in first single crochet, skip next single crochet, (double crochet, chain  1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) in next stitch; skip next single crochet; repeat from  * around. If you come to a corner at an akward place in the crocheted shell, feel free either to skip 2 stitches before making the slipstitch or not skip any stitches. This will just give you a slightly stretched out or slightly tighter shell (respectively) and is no big deal.

Step 3: Sew the buttons in place.

Here's where you get to show off a few select buttons. Choose a button for both the front and back of the cushion. For mine, I stacked a couple of buttons on the front side for a bit of extra color. Play around a bit before you attach your buttons—you never know, an unexpected combination might be just the right finishing touch.


Next, thread a needle with a long strand of the sock yarn. Insert the needle through the back of the cushion to the front, then through your button (or stack of buttons) and back from front to back. Insert the yarn through the knot end on the back side to secure.

Sew another button to the back side, then go back through the front side button(s) once more to secure (you'll end with the needle and yarn in back of the cushion). Pull the yarn taut to make a little indentation in the cushion where the buttons are.


To knot off the yarn, wrap it around the button once, leaving a small loop of yarn outside of the button. Thread the end of the yarn through the loop and pull taut. Work through the loop one more time and tie off.

 



Your pincushion is complete! Now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

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Comments (13)

yarntoknit writes: Great turorial Linda. I made one today. You can see it here: http://theyarntoknitblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-bit-of-crochet.html
Thank you!
Posted: 5:27 pm on August 30th
sophiecai writes: cute one....would love to make one too
Posted: 11:16 am on February 15th
SWEEETBONBON writes: LIKE IT ALOT. WILL HAVE MY 8 YEAR OLD GRANDAUGHTER MAKE ONE.. THANKS

Posted: 4:12 pm on December 2nd
moonbaby writes: I really love this pin cushion. I am planing on making several for Christmas gifts. I am so excited I just got my craft room set up and I have been looking for things to make....Keep it up...
Posted: 2:32 pm on July 2nd
moonbaby writes: I really love this pin cushion. I am planing on making several for Christmas gifts. I am so excited I just got my craft roon set up and I have been looking for things to make....Keep it up...
Posted: 2:28 pm on July 2nd
Luz writes: Great Project - love your instructions and photos. I'm off to see a new pin cushion.. Thanks so much!!
Posted: 7:21 pm on March 23rd
SEWButterfly writes: Love the pincushion and crocheted edge! Great 'how-to'!
Posted: 11:36 am on March 23rd
Sweet_Dee writes: Gorgeous!!!
Posted: 3:32 pm on March 21st
NoNoSewHip writes: What a beautiful pin cushion! and wow..I think I will take my crochet needle out and just might do this! Thanks
Posted: 7:41 am on March 21st
LindaPermann writes: thanks ladies!
Posted: 2:20 am on March 20th
MarleyMom writes: Very Cute. Thanks.

Posted: 7:38 pm on March 19th
susanstars writes: That's gorgeous, Linda! I want to make one for sure... I love those ingenious tiny-amounts-of-fabric projects :)
Posted: 12:17 pm on March 19th
Sister_Diane writes: This is adorable! And your instructions for making the crochet edging are fantastic. I think I could actually do that!

Also, I LOVE how you set up your finished-project photo. Beautiful shot.
Posted: 10:38 am on March 19th
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